Daily Mail
By Liz Hull

The ‘How to be Happy’ classes coming to a school near you

Children are to have happiness lessons to prevent them becoming depressed.

More than 20 schools are already teaching the classes, which are supposed to help banish negative thoughts.

And psychologists will meet ministers this week with a view to launching the scheme nationwide.

In the lessons, 11-year-olds are taught how to cope with difficult situations and emotions and to develop positive attitudes, assertiveness, aspirations and a better approach to decision making.

They are encouraged not to think or react like Chicken Little, the hen in the fable who wrongly feared the sky was falling in.

It is hoped that the classes will equip youngsters better to cope with the challenges of adulthood.

Professor Seligman, of the University of Pennsylvania, said the pilot, which involves schools in South Tyneside, Hertfordshire and Manchester, is the largest in the world.

‘Much of what is currently taught in this area is based on sentiment […] Depression leads to low productivity’

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Comments from Daily Mail’s website:

Another load of brainwashing from our government to condition our kids into god knows what! I suppose this is where they will be encouraging our children to become “climate kids” and probe our children on what happens at home!

– Simon Tompkins, Cambridge, 08/9/2008 13:08

Happy Parents = Happy families.
Keep the the parents happy, get rid of […] council bin polices, immigration policies, taxes.

– BM, London, 08/9/2008 10:49

Here in Norway the school seems to have become a missionary field for people talkingt about climate, homosexuality, racism, and so on, worrying them with all sorts of “adult problems” which they are also bombarded with outside the school from tv, newspapers, etcetera.

– Bjørn R. Hoff, Ålesund,Norway, 8/9/2008 4:52

Oh great, just what we need. Schools brainwashing and indoctrinating our children into a certain way of thinking.

– Mary, NYC, 8/9/2008 3:46

Happy classes! sounds all a bit Orwellian to me.
There was a time when we didnt need to be taught how to be happy. Life was good and we didn’t live under impossible (and depressing) social structures.

– Quentin Thorpe, Nottingham UK, 8/9/2008 7:54

Is there no aspect of our lives that this government don’t want to tinker with? They should concentrate on getting students out of school with at least a basic education rather than messing about with mind control and “happy classes”.

– Stuart, Plymouth, UK, 8/9/2008 4:18

You also have to make sure they hold on to a healthy risk awareness and survival instinct.

– why?, Cambs, 8/9/2008 7:48